THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD SENDS OUT AWARD BALLOTS!!! 


SAG members are due to receive their ballots for voting in the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

Ballots have been mailed Friday, and nearly 100,000 actors will receive ballots and can vote either by mail or online.

The members must return their votes to be received by noon on January 25th.

Results will be announced January 27th.

SAG Awards are often a good barometer for the best acting categories for the Oscars, so stay tuned!

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25 FILMS ADDED TO THE NATIONAL FILM REGISTRY 


"Back to the Future" is one of the 25 American films added to the Library of Congress national registry. "Bullitt," "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," "Days of Heaven" and "Dances With Wolves" have also been added.

The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress.

The National Film Registry is meant to preserve up to twenty-five "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant films" each year; to be eligible, films must be at least ten years old.

The Registry is meant to showcase the full range and diversity of American film heritage. With the new addition of 25 movies, there are now 475 films preserved in the National Film Registry.

Others selected this year:

"The Naked City" (1948)
"Oklahoma!" (1955)
"12 Angry Men" (1957)
"The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962)
"Tol'able David" (1921)
"The Strong Man" (1926)
"Mighty Like a Moose" (1926)
"The Sex Life of the Polyp" (1928)
"Grand Hotel" (1932)
"Three Little Pigs" (1933)
"Our Day" (1938)
"Wuthering Heights" (1939)
"The Women" (1939)
"Dance, Girl, Dance" (1940)
"Now, Voyager" (1942)
"The House I Live In" (1945)
"In a Lonely Place" (1950)
"Glimpse of the Garden" (1957)
"Tom, Tom the Piper's Son" (1969-71)
"Peege" (1972).

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THE NEXT TOM CRUISE MOVIE -- NO, WE'RE NOT TALKING ABOUT "VALKYRIE" 


The next Tom Cruise flick is called "Edwin A. Salt" for Columbia Pictures.

It is set to be directed by "The Kingdom" director, Peter Berg.

The multi-hyphenated director (he's also a famous character actor) is in talks to direct Cruise. Terry George was supposed to helm the film, but the "Hotel Rwanda" director is being replaced. Probably because of the poor reception for his film, "Reservation Road."

Berg is a pretty busy guy. He just recently finished the Will Smith film "Hancock," and now, must do pre-production for "Edwin A. Salt" while working on the post-production of "Hancock."

The plot of "Edwin A. Salt"? Cruise will play a CIA officer who's mistaken for a Russian spy out to assassinate the president. Now, he must prove someone else is the traitor, while reuniting with his family.

Sounds intriguing, even if it's a bit pedantic. But maybe, screenwriter Kurt Wimmer ("The Recruit") will do wonders to the script!

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THE NAIL BITING OSCAR COUNTDOWN BEGINS -- BALLOTS MAILED TO MEMBERS!!! 


5,829 voting members of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts Sciences will be receiving their ballots soon! The nomination ballots for the 2007 Academy Awards were mailed last Wednesday!

The members must fill their ballots and returned them to PricewaterhouseCoopers no later than 5pm on January 12th.

Nominations for the 80th annual Academy Awards will be announced Jan. 22nd!!!

The Oscars will be held February 24th at the Kodak Theater.

THEY BETTER VOTE CORRECTLY, AND MAKE VERY INFORMED DECISION OR ELSE!!!!

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WHY 2007 IS A GREAT YEAR FOR MOVIE BUFFS LIKE YOU AND ME!!! 
A BIG BRAVO FOR THE FILM INDUSTRY!!!




I have been re-watching my favorite films of 2007. Truth be told, it is how I have been spending the last two weeks of my life. Why? Because there are far too many great movies this year, and I wanted to make sure I am making the right choices. If I was picking the Top 20 films of the year, it would have been easier but I had to narrow it down to the Top 10 – so, goodbye “The Bourne Ultimatum,” so long “Enchanted,” adios “3:10 to Yuma.”

For those skeptics who have been asking where all the great movies went, look no further than this year. 2007 has been a banner year for movies and movie lovers! From “No Country for Old Men” to “There Will Be Blood,” personal vision triumphed over big productions. The directors of these films did not hire a gaggle of scriptwriters, they wrote their own movies!

As we celebrate the arrival of a bigger and better 2008, let’s take a special look back at the films that inspired, entertained, and made us believe again in the magic of the movies.

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